Meet Our Staff

Heather Premo (Operations Director) –  I have been active in the field of childcare since 1995.  Throughout my years I have been able to experience and respect all of the different positions in Early Childhood Education.  I attended San Jose State University on a softball scholarship, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  It was during this time that my love for children further blossomed.

This has been a dream of ours for many years.  We are very excited about our vision of Milestones becoming a reality.  As a director since January 2002, of two large franchised schools and Milestones; I have experienced all the ins and outs of what the standards in childcare should be.  We pride ourselves on creating a positive school atmosphere with a “home away from home” feel.  As a mother of two beautiful children I understand the importance of families having a nurturing environment for their little ones.  Throughout my years as a director, my admiration for the field of Early Childhood Education has continued to grow.  I look forward to the future of Milestones and seeing the growth and development of each individual child at our school.  We look forward to your family being a part of our family.

Cody Premo (Classroom Support Director) – I have dedicated my professional career to helping children and teenagers.  In 2005, I graduated from The University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  My experience comes from working in juvenile corrections, teaching Kindergarten and clinical case management.  Throughout the years I have worked with children from 2 to 18 years old.

I have four years of experience as a Kindergarten teacher, specializing in children diagnosed with behavioral disorders.  I then worked as a clinical case manager for two years for an agency that provided therapeutic outpatient services.   I believe the combination of experience between Heather and I will be the foundation of Milestones Learning Center.

Nikki Olsen (Education Director) –  I have been working in the childcare field since 1998.  In 2004, I graduated from the University of Nevada Reno, with a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Development and Family Studies.

I am very excited to join the Milestones team as the Education Director.  I believe that every child has the right to learn through exploration and experience in a safe and nurturing environment.  I look forward to helping create a curriculum that will allow your children to grow and develop into the wonderful young people that they are destined to be.

Ms. Jackie (Administrative Assistant) –  I grew up in Placerville California. I love running, hiking and playing baseball with my son. I attended Missouri Valley College on a softball scholarship and received a Bachelor’s in Biology. When I was done with my softball playing career, I became a softball coach for Missouri Valley College. I grew a love for Early Childhood education because my mother owned a preschool in Placerville that I worked at throughout high school. I have 6 years of experience in Early Childhood Education ranging from 6 weeks-4 years. I plan on continuing my education next year to become a nurse. I love working at Milestones not only because the staff are amazing but the families and children have all been so kind and welcoming.

Ms. Brenda B. (Lead Teacher: “Buntings” 6 weeks to 6 months) – I was born in Reno, Nevada.  I have always had a passion for teaching and being with kids. I am currently attending TMCC to get my Early Childhood Education and Business degree. My hope is that one day I will be a Kindergarten Teacher. I have 7 years experience of working with children. I have a wonderful son named Zack who always makes my day worthwhile.  On my spare time I like to draw and read but I most of all love spending time with my son.

Ms. Elaine (Asst Teacher: “Buntings” 6 weeks to 6 months) – I grew up in Tipperary, Ireland. I came to the United States to be an AuPair for a family in Reno, NV that had 4 children. Before coming to the United States, I worked at a preschool in Ireland for 3.5 years. I have over 10 years total experience working with children from infants to 10 years old. I have a 2 year degree from Ireland in Early Childhood Education. I have also taken classes at TMCC in Early Childhood Education. One day, I want to open my own pre-school. I met my husband when I came to America and now I plan on staying. We recently had a baby boy, who’s the center of my world. I love working at Milestones with the baby’s. It is a fun loving place to work.

Ms. Shae (Asst Teacher: “Buntings” 6 weeks to 6 months) – I grew up in Cedar City, Utah. I like hiking, reading, snowboarding and paddle boarding. I also love volleyball, which I used to play in college. In the past I coached Volleyball at the junior high and high school levels.  I have my associates in Criminal Justice from Iowa Central College. I have 2 years of experience working as a teacher aide at an elementary school with special needs children grades 2 through 5. I look forward to eventually being able to travel and finish my degree. I really enjoy working with children and watching them grow. I also love getting to know their personalities.

Ms. Becki (Lead Teacher: “Goslings” 6 months to 12 months) – I have worked with infants in a preschool setting for two years.  I am a mother of two wonderful daughters and an incredible son.  Spending time with my children and husband is very important to me.  Working in the field of Early Childhood Development, is very enjoyable and rewarding.  Each day I am able to see them change and grow into independent little ones.  I feel that providing a loving and nurturing environment, where a child feels safe is what really matters most.  I am very excited to be a part of the Milestones family.

Ms. Debra (Assistant Teacher: “Goslings” 6 months to 12 months) – I have worked in the early childhood field since 1995. During that time, I was a nanny, infant/toddler teacher, preschool teacher, bookkeeper, and assistant director in different centers in Reno and St. Paul, MN. I love working with children because they are expressive, honest, creative, and joyful. I enjoy learning as much as I can in this field through my experience and education classes. I look forward to the relationships that I will build through my time at Milestones.

Ms. Carissa (Assistant Teacher: “Goslings” 6 months to 12 months) – I grew up in Washington state and Reno. I like doing makeup, reading, and watching scary movies. I love photography, animals, and hanging out with my family and going to the lake. I really want to travel in the future.  I have been a nanny for 5 years with children as young as 4 weeks to 3 years old.  I also started babysitting when I was 13 years old. I love working with babies. They make each day fun and interesting and I love watching their personalities develop.

Ms. Monique (Lead Teacher: “Chickadees” 12 months to 18 months) –  I was born and raised in Reno, NV. I like sports, baking and art. I have a wonderful 3 year old little boy and am engaged to be married in October. I have previously worked in a preschool setting for about 3 years and babysat for about 8 years. I have worked with children as young as 6 weeks old to 7 years old. I am currently a Navy Reservist and have been in the Navy for 3 years.  I plan on being a Sheriff Deputy or an Elementary school teacher. I have always loved working with kids. It’s a new adventure every day.

Ms. Molly (Assistant Teacher: “Chickadees” 12 months to 18 months) – I am originally from Elko but have lived in Reno since I was 5 years old. I graduated from Damonte Ranch High school and I am currently enrolled at TMCC. I am a youth leader at my church for middle school aged kids. I love to travel and spend time with friends and family. I have 4 years of experience as a nanny and a teacher in a preschool setting working with newborns to 4 year olds. I love working with kids because I enjoy making a positive impact in their lives.

Ms. Liz (Lead Teacher: “Starlings” 18 months to 24 months) – I was born and raised in Reno NV. I love soccer! I played for over 13 years through college. I also love to paint. I have over 5 years of experience as a teacher working with children of all ages but most of my experience is with pre-toddlers. My future plan is to continue my education in Child Psychology and Social Work to become either a Child Psychologist or Social Worker. I love working at Milestones because they give their all to the kids which I admire greatly.

Ms. Steph (Assistant Teacher: “Starlings” 18 months to 24 months) – I grew up in a large family in Las Vegas. I am the middle child of 6 siblings. I love to play soccer, read books, and hike. I am currently a sophomore at TMCC majoring in Criminal Justice. I plan on someday working with troubled youth. Before coming to Milestones, I was a lead teacher of a pre toddler class.  I like working at Milestones because it is a very warm and welcoming environment.

Ms. Shanette (Lead Teacher: “Sparrows” 2 year olds) – I have worked in child care for 11 years as a Teacher, Infant Toddler Center Director, and Preschool Owner. I am currently working on a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have two children of my own; one boy and one girl.  Working with children is my passion. To see their smiling faces when they accomplish something new is enough to remind me why I love working in this field. I am so excited to be a part of the Milestones family. I look forward to getting to know new families and being their child’s teacher.

Ms. Denice (Assistant Teacher: “Sparrows” 2 year olds) – I grew up in Stockton, CA. I like to write, hike, read and eat. I have an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Delta College. I have also taken college classes in Early Childhood education. I have over 5 years of experience working with children from ages newborn to 14 years old. I have previously been a nanny, camp counselor and volunteer in a preschool setting.  My goal is to be a state certified teacher in Early Childhood Education. I like working at Milestones because I love the school philosophy and enjoy all the employees and children.

Ms. Makyla (Asst Teacher: “”Sparrows” 2 year olds) – I love to play softball, travel and spend time with family. I grew up in Portola, CA and moved to Reno my freshman year of high school. I graduated from McQueen High School and planning to start college this fall. I have experience working with ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age with most of my experience working with 6 weeks to two years. I am currently engaged to be married and my future plans are to be an elementary school teacher. I like working at Milestones because it has a fun staff, great kids and is a great school.

Ms. Betty (Lead Teacher: “Wrens” 3 year olds) – I grew up in Oregon and Reno. I love baking, crafting, cross stitching, and archery. I started working with children at 16 years old as a nanny which I did for 5 years.  I then worked for about a year and a half as a teacher for a childcare center with children ages 2 to 5 years old. I have also been a foster parent for over 2 years. I can’t wait to start my own family and continue my education in Early Childhood Education. In my spare time I enjoy being a part of the Nevada Storm Women’s tackle football. I am the special events coordinator and help with fundraising.  I love working at Milestones and the fun family setting. It makes coming to work enjoyable.

Ms. Bree (Lead Teacher: “Owls” 4 year olds) – I am currently working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education, and I have worked in the field for over ten years.  I enjoy working with children and seeing how they absorb new information. I love their innocence on how they view the world and the people around them.  I enjoy teaching the many different personalities of each individual child as well as building relationships their families.  Working with children makes me look forward to having a family of my own in the near future.  I look forward to working together as a team, to help your child prepare for Kindergarten.

Ms. Brenda L. (Assistant Teacher: “Owls” 4 year olds) – I grew up in Hayward California. I like painting, reading and going on trips with my family. I also have my own beautiful daughter named Olivia. I have worked with children for over 20 years. I have been a babysitter, nanny and preschool teacher with children ranging from 6 weeks old to 12 years old. I was a lead preschool teacher for more than 10 of those years. I attended California State University Easy Bay and have 30 units in Early Childhood Education. My future goals are to finish my education and travel.

Ms. Tarynn (Lead Teacher: “Puffins” 4 year olds) – I grew up here in Reno NV and graduated from Reno High. I attended Arizona State University to study Anthropology before moving back to Reno in 2012. I was a nanny for a family for over 2 years and took care of their children aged 6 months to 3 years old. I have also worked many years as a private babysitter for children ages 6 months to 10 years old. I love spending time with family and friends, taking my dog out for hikes in the Reno-Tahoe area and traveling whenever I get the chance.  I hope to continue developing my teaching skills at Milestones while taking classes part time at the University.  I love being a part of the Milestones Family and being able to come into work every day, greeted by so many beautiful and friendly faces. The children have let me be a part of their world and always bring a smile to my face. They make the days fly by.

Ms. Katlyn (Assistant Teacher: “Puffins” 4 year olds) – I grew up in Brooksville Florida and moved to Reno in 2012. I love drawing, painting, and photography. I graduate from Reed High School this spring and then plan on continuing my education at UNR to become a teacher. I previously worked at a preschool with 4 and 5 year olds for two years. I have also coached gymnastics with 5 to 13 year olds. I love being at Milestones because we have a fun loving staff that all enjoys what we do.

Ms. Courtney (Teacher Aide) – I grew up in Quincy, CA. I love to bake, read and have fun with my family. I have two great boys and a wonderful husband. I have a Bachelors of Science in Heath Ecology from UNR. In addition to babysitting for the neighborhood throughout my teens, I have over 9 years of experience working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary aged children. Working at Milestones is the highlight of my day! I find joy in seeing the children grow and learn every day.

Ms. Makayla (Teacher Aide) – I grew up in a small town in California named Albany. My hobbies are reading and photography. I have about a year’s previous experience working in a preschool before coming to Milestones. I would like to begin working towards my college degree and major in Early Childhood Education to become a certified teacher. I love being at Milestones because I have always loved working with children and I get to do it every day.

Ms. Kassidy (Teacher Aide) – I grew up in Reno. I love softball, fishing and reading. I have an Associates of Arts in Early Childhood Education. I have over two years of experience working with mostly 2 year olds and older. I plan on finishing my Bachelors and becoming a middle school history teacher. I love working at Milestones because of the amazing staff and families and most of all our sweet kiddos.

Ms. Rita (Teacher Aide) – I was born and raised in Reno. I love traveling, spending time with my family and snuggling with my cats. I received my Bachelors in Psychology in 2017 from UNR.  I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a small child. I babysat as a teen, worked as a summer camp counselor, a nanny, and most recently an early childhood teacher.  I am looking forward to starting my Masters and starting a family of my own. I love working at Milestones because I love socially, emotionally and academically enriching the lives of the children I teach.

Ms. Morgan (Teacher Aide) – I was born and raised in the Reno/Sparks area. I graduated from The Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology in 2014. I am currently attending the University of Nevada Reno and am in my sophomore year. I am majoring in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Agriculture and intend on teaching at the high school level. I have previous experience working in a child care facility and many years of babysitting. I have worked in a few different fields and realized that teaching and working with children are my passions.

Ms. Taylor (Teacher Aide) – TBA

 

 

*All employees at Milestones have been cleared through the Washoe County Sheriff Department and Washoe County Social Services, regarding a background check. Within 90 days, all employees receive training and certificates in: CPR/First Aide, Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition, SIDS, Communicable Disease, 3 hours of Child Development and a Child Nutrition Obesity course.  In addition to this teachers at Milestones must complete 24 hours of Early Childhood Education courses within our licensing year.